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NOTE: To receive maximum benefit, the inspection should occur during daylight hours.
Take delivery of the new vehicle after it passes the following inspections:


Paperwork check:   IMPORTANT - verify before you fall in love with the Escape!!

OK?

INSPECT:

  Vehicle Identification - Check VIN on dashboard and door plate against title
  Option Verification - Check Sticker to verify all codes
  Owners manual, vehicle warranty, Ford contact pamphlet, tire warranty, These items can be very difficult to obtain after the dealership has your money. 
  Floor mats

 

 

Ford Escape/Mazda Tribut specific checks
OK? Inspect:
  Check roof for rubber strips and tie down grommets. {four}, most only receive 2
  Check inside of doors and rear hatch and rear window to make sure all rubber inserts are there.
  Check to make sure all four wheel hubs are a matched set.
  Make sure the wheel lip moldings with the 16' wheel pack 
  Check roof racks for backward mount mounting
  Check for gap between driver's side door panel and door. 
  Do the vents through a fuel smell during a warm start?  If so, check the intake manifold for loose bolts.
  Check that the door inserts above the armrests match your chosen interior. (i.e. Leather or Cloth)
  Check for vanity mirrors on visors (driver and passenger side)
  Check for inserts (holes) in rear seat to hold headrests when seats are folded down

 

 


 

Exterior Appearance Inspection: (walk around inspection of the exterior )

NOTE: While inspecting exterior, look for paint problems such as Bubbles in clear coat, Excessive orange peel, Industrial fallout on paint finish, Scratches, Dents, etc.

OK?

INSPECT:

Front End & Cab
       Nose / Fender / Hood Area
  Bumpers (not even a hint of rust)
  Fender fit and finish 
  Hood fit and finish 
  Grille fit and finish 
       Cab Area
  Door fit and finish
  Door Jamb Area
  Hinges
  Locks
  Molding
  Rubber gaskets
  Outside decorative Trim
  Window operation
  Check for windshield cracks
  Mirrors
  Roof
  Check seams for separation
  Radio antenna
Bed & Rear End
       Rear End
  Bumpers - watch for dents, rust, loose mounting bolts
  Tail gate - check latch function, cables
  Receiver - installed, bolts tight, trailer plug cover opens without interference
Under body inspection
  Check for coffee cups and trash stuffed in chassis rails
  Check for proper amount of grease in grease fittings
  Check for loose steering box
  Shake intermediate steering shaft - feel for any loose parts/joints
  Check shocks for for looseness
  Check brake line routing (no kinks, no rubbing)
  Check routing of emergency brake cable


 
 

Jack, Lug Nut, and Tire Checks

OK?

INSPECT:

       Wheels & Tires
  Check door plate against tire size for match
  Right Front Tire - proper size, tread pattern, inflation pressure
  Left Front Tire - proper size, tread pattern, inflation pressure
  Right Rear Tire - proper size, tread pattern, inflation pressure
  Left Rear Tire - proper size, tread pattern, inflation pressure
  Spare - installed, proper size and tread
       Jack and wheel changing accessories
  Retrieve jack and tire tools - inspect for completeness
  Check jack function - it will be stiff, but should crank up and down
  Using the lug wrench, verify that all lugs are not cross threaded and tight
  Check spare tire carrier - Check all functionality
  Return jack and accessories


 
 

Under hood Inspection

OK?

INSPECT:

  Check function of secondary hood latch
  Check for smooth hinge operation with no binding
  Check grill for loose fasteners
  Identify all components
  Check brake fluid
  Check Power steering fluid
  Check PS tubing and hoses for rubbing
  Check Oil level
  Check washer fluid
  Check transmission fluid
  Check for coolant leak, heater hose
  Check Battery cables - tight?
  Check A/C hose routing for rubbing
  Test coolant additive level (FW-16)
       Check Air Cleaner
  Installed?
  Check housing for obstructions (coffee cups, trash)
  Check filter seal - Smear Vaseline on filter gasket, close cleaner, open again. check for 100% positive mating mark, Vaseline should be displaced (plastic air cleaners housings can warp, allowing unfiltered air to pass) 
  Check firewall noise deadening insulation. Compare against Excursion.
  Check on injector additive.


 
 

Take a break, go wash your hands


 

Interior Inspection - look inside for appearance problems

OK?

INSPECT:

       Front Seats
  Appearance of upholstery and hardware
  6-way power seat test.
  Recline Function
  Front to rear adjustment
  Folding Function
  Center Console Latch works.
      Rear Seat
  Appearance of upholstery and hardware
  Function
  Fold
      Carpet
  Check for window or door seal leaks.
  Check for stains and tears
       General Interior Fit and Finish
  Dash & Steering wheel
  Shifter & Pedals
  Headliner & Door Panels
  Check for grill/vent on doors


 

Operation Verification

OK?

INSPECT:

Set parking brake
Put manual transmission in neutral, Automatic in Park
Turn key to run position ( DO NOT START )
Put manual transmission in neutral, Automatic in Park
Turn key to run position ( DO NOT START )

  Warning lights should illuminate and then go out (engine warning should stay lit )
  Oil pressure reads 0
  Water Temperature steady
  Fuel Gauge steady
  Tachometer reads 0
  Warning Buzzer should sound if door is opened
  Warning Buzzer should sound if headlights are turned on
      Start Engine
  Firm brake pedal (not mush, does not slowly sink to floor)
  Oil Pressure - normal and steady
  Water temperature - steady
  Voltmeter - should read 13.5 to 14.5 volts - may jump up and down on a cold diesel as heater grids cycle on and off
  Fuel Gauge - steady
  Tachometer - steady at a reasonable idle speed
  No Warning Lights or Buzzers
  Shift between forward and reverse gears listening for abnormal sounds and clunks
      Test Lights

Turn on Lights and check bulbs

  Check Instrument Panel Light dimmer
  High beam
  Low Beam
  Tail Lights
  License plate lights
  Side marker lights
  Running lights

Turn lights off

  Brake lights
  flashers
  Turn signals
  Dome lights on when doors open
  Dome lights on when doors closed and switch on
  Check Map light switches
  Bed (cargo) light - Turn on and off with switch
  Temporarily Engage Transmission reverse gear and check backup lights
       Radio & speaker test - Turn Radio on Turn Radio on
  Tune an station AM
  balance speakers
  seek new station
  Tune an station FM
  balance speakers
  seek new station
  Play a tape
  Play a CD
       Mirror Tests
  Vanity Mirror Left, Right
  Rearview Mirror - adjust, flip day/night
  Outside Mirror - Adjust Left, Right, Up Down, Check heating functionality
  Look for Mirror Vibration at idle
      Steering Wheel
  Blow Horn (should require an easy push, not a great deal of force)
  Turn wheel to lock in both directions - should not bind
  Adjust tilt to fit
      Overhead Console (if applicable)
  Check Map Lights - make sure all display segments light properly
       Power options
  Lock and Unlock Doors
  Raise and lower windows
  Keyless entry functions.
      Windshield Wipers
  Wash & Wipe
  Check All Speeds
      Heat and Air Conditioner system
  Check for blower motor squeak
  cycle through all heat positions - vents should change as expected
  Check Fan on all speeds
  AC runs in Defrost positions
  Temperature knob turns smoothly - note: cold engine may not produce heat


  
 

Road Test - Ready for a drive??    Check Seat and Mirror Adjustments

OK?

INSPECT:

  Test reverse gear 
  Parking Brake should hold in 1st gear
  Release parking brake and run through the gears - listen for noise 
  Feel for scratchy synchronizers (manual)
  Torque Converter Lockup should stay locked, not hunting (auto)
  Firm shifts
  Listen for noises while running straight, turning, and when stopping
  Can you hear the turn signals?
  Listen for valve tappet noises
  Feel for a Steering wheel clunk over bumps or when stopping 
  Push/pull top of steering wheel to check for play
  Check alignment - no pulling left or right
  Braking - no pulling left or right
  Cruise Control - check function of   Set, Coast, Accelerate, Resume, Cancel
  Check mirrors for vibration at speed


 
 

If vehicle is still OK at this point, it can be accepted.

OK?

Complete:

  Finalize the paperwork and leave the dealer
  Fill up the fuel tank if the dealer did not do it.
  Drive the truck on expressway
  Test speedometer accuracy with stopwatch & mile markers
  Retest cruise control functions
  Listen for noises
  Feel for vibrations
  Watch for steering problems
  Note all the people staring at your sweet ride!



 

This inspection list was originally compiled by Tim Butterfield
starting with an inspection list written by Bob Brand.

Revision is constantly in progress.

Updated on Feb. 3, 2001 for 2001 Ford Escape by John H Downs 

 

 

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